MINISTER for Railways and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal, CA turned Politico has accused AICC President Rahul Gandhi and his party of repeatedly “spreading falsehood and lies” on the Rafale deal saying he is a “serial liar”. His repeated lies cannot substitute for the truth of the deal as the French government and Dassault have “exposed” Gandhi’s “fake news” repeatedly .Congress under Gandhis is trying to compromise national security, Goyal added.
“We have been witnessing the activities of a serial liar (Rahul Gandhi). I think only an issueless man can repeat a lie again and again because he doesn’t have any other issues. But even if a lie is repeated a hundred times it will never become a substitute for the truth. We have a gentleman manufacturing fake news and then trying to spread it. So repeating lie after lie, falsehood after falsehood, was not going to change the reality. The Congress is an issueless party, their leadership cannot understand basic figures, basic elementary facts,” IANS quoted Goyal as saying.
The minister hailed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government for the timely signing of the Rafale deal and said, “We have a crystal clear situation keeping national interest and the security of the nation as paramount.” “The BJP government decided to expedite the purchase of very crucial and critical defence equipment,” he added.Goyal further said, “We have been able to negotiate terms which are far better than what was the UPA terms between the 2007 and 2012. We have been able to get faster delivery, longer maintenance tenure, better availability of spare parts and the much-needed capabilities particularly in the adversarial situation at the border.”
Goyal’s remarks come a day after Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier told AFP that the company’s joint venture with Reliance in Nagpur represents only about 10 per cent of the offset obligations in the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France and it was in negotiations with about a hundred Indian companies to meet the requirements under the Defence Procurement Procedure of the Indian government. Citing Trappier’s comments, the BJP leader said that he has categorically confirmed that since the “implementation of offset was an obligation under the Indian regulation” also drafted under the UPA, they themselves choose the partners to implement the offsets”. He further said: “The CEO has confirmed that of their volition and choice they chose a particular company with which their discussions and contracts are persisting since 2012.”
The minister said the Congress members were possibly trying to hide their own misdemeanours of 2012 when under the pressure of the first family (Gandhi family), they had cancelled important negotiations over the Rafale deal to benefit their associates and had compromised national security. “The Reliance Dassault agreement dates back to 2012 and it immediately raises the question whether the Congress was trying to deflect its own misdeeds by cancelling the entire process because the French side was not willing to give business to a close associate of the first family i.e. Sanjay Bhandari,” he said.